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Postgraduate eguide : 2010
9 www.uow.eDu.Au/future/poStgrAD poStgrADuAte guIDe 2010 Academic year – The period comprising a ‘first session’ (Autumn: February–June), a ‘second session’ (Spring: July–November), and the following (optional) Summer Session (December–February). NOTE: The Sydney Business School and some subjects in other faculties have four sessions each year which differ from the standard University sessions. Admission/entry requirements – The minimum qualifications required for you to be considered for entry to a particular program. Advanced standing (credit) – In special circumstances, a limited amount of advanced standing (credit) may be granted in some courses. The normal maximum is 25% of the course the student plans to undertake and will only be granted for previous studies at the same postgraduate level. Articulation – A sequence of programs where students can progress from one level to the next. credit points – In postgraduate coursework programs, you will undertake a number of subjects that will accrue credit points towards your qualification. Credit points are a measure of student workload for each subject. Most subjects are single-session and normally have a value of six or eight points. commonwealth supported place – A place for which the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of the tertiary course. commonwealth supported student – A student who is studying in a Commonwealth supported place. Distance education – A form of study that takes place outside the University, either at a study centre or at home by correspondence. FEE-hELP – A Government loans scheme for domestic fee-paying postgraduate coursework students. Flexible delivery – A combination of face-to- face contact and supporting technology such as video conferencing, internet and email, as most appropriate to the needs of the students and the course. AUSTRALIAN POSTGRADUATE AWARD INDUSTRY (APAI) APAI awards are available for research higher degree students whose supervisor(s) receive ARC linkage grants in order to do collaborative research with industry. Students are selected on merit by the researcher who received the grant. Only Australian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply. The 2009 stipend for APAIs was $26,669 pa (non- taxable). There is also a provision for a thesis allowance. Stipends are indexed annually. MATchING SchOLARShIPS The University Research Committee may also allocate funds for Matching Research Scholarships. Supervisors who have access to an industry partner or another strategic funds source, can apply for a matching contribution from the University to provide a scholarship in an area of research strength. Eligibility criteria for scholarship recipients are restricted to new, commencing students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents, and who are undertaking a Doctorate or Masters by Research project in an area of research strength with appropriate infrastructure and supervisory capacity. Students should contact potential supervisors to discuss the possibility of a Matching Scholarship. To find out more about these scholarships please contact the Scholarships Officer in the Research and Innovation Division on 02 4221 4323. POSTGRADUATE RESEARch SchOLARShIP APPLIcATION FORM Postgraduate Research Scholarship Application forms are available from UniAdvice, the Research Student Centre or www.uow.edu.au/research/rsc/student/ scholarships Research scholarship applications must be submitted to the Research Student Centre by 30 September 2009 for Creative Arts and 17 October 2009 for all other Faculties. Late applications will not be considered. All scholarship applicants must provide two referees reports. Referees can access reports at www.uow.edu.au/future/refereereport Further information on applying for scholarships is available at www.uow.edu.au/about/scholarships OThER RESEARch FINANcIAL SUPPORT Students can also apply for assistance from the Conference Travel Fund to attend a conference at which they will present a paper. Students holding APA, UPA or APAI scholarships are entitled to a thesis binding allowance as a contribution towards the costs of production of the thesis. Award holders should check the conditions for the amount and reimbursement details. Faculty and Departmental funds may also be available to provide support to research students for various costs including workshop attendance, equipment and consumables. Students should discuss their resource requirements with their supervisor. For more information visit www.uow.edu.au/about/faculties Full-time or part-time – This is not a matter of day or night classes, but rather is determined by the number of credit points in which you enrol. Only selected subjects are offered at night. Full-time students normally enrol in a total of 48 credit points annually (i.e. usually four subjects per session). Part-time students normally enrol in fewer than 36 credit points annually. hEcS-hELP – A Government loan scheme for eligible Commonwealth supported students to pay their student contribution. Lectures – Some students taking a particular subject may be required to attend information sessions, known as lectures, as a group. Lectures are generally one hour long. They may sometimes be given consecutively to tutorials. Prerequisite – A subject that must be completed satisfactorily before the subject for which it is prescribed may be taken. Postgraduate program – The second level of university study (e.g. Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters degree or PhD). Session/semester – The academic year is divided into three parts: the first (Autumn), second (Spring) and third (Summer) session (optional). Also referred to as ‘semesters’. Thesis – A formal report or dissertation presenting the results of intensive research into a topic area. A thesis is expected to add to and may even challenge the body of knowledge in the topic area. Tutorials – Students studying a subject are frequently divided into small groups for interactions to discuss subject matter in depth, or receive personalised assistance from their tutor. Some subjects will also include seminars and/or laboratory work. Undergraduate course – A Bachelor degree: the first level of university study. Work experience – Full-time employment in a position relevant to the course applied for and at a senior level (usually managerial in nature or involving supervision of staff). Evidence to support employment experience, including curriculum vitae and letters from employers must be provided in the format required in the postgraduate application form.